Nick recently sold his news-reading app, Summly, to Yahoo for a price reported to be in the tens of milli dollars. Nick's mother and father apparently had no special
knowledge of technology but nurtured their son's early interest in it.While money doesn't signify a lifetime of good parenting, it reduces the urgency of the question of what Nick will doto make a living.
This is not the case for almost every other young person entering the work world. "There is increasingly no such thing as a high-wage, middle-skilled job - the thing that sustained the middle class in the last generation,''
The Times's Thomas Friedman wrote recently. "Now there is only a high-wage , high-skilled job. "Every middle-class job today either requires more skill or can be done by more people around the world or is being made obsolete faster, Mr. Friedman wrote. Tony Wagner, a Harvard University education special ist, told Mr. Friedman that parents and educators need to prepare their children not to be "college ready" but "innovation ready."
Young people who can handle life's ups and downs will no doubt fare better, and there is no shortage of advice for parents on how to produce them.
Reports say that texting instead of nurturing may not only lead to tod dler tantrums but could also affect a child's health. "Our personal histories of social connection or loneliness, for instance, alter how our genes are expressed within the cells of our immune
system," Barbara L. Fredrickson, wrote in The New York Times.
"New parents may need to worry less about genetic testing and more about how their own actions -like texting while breast-feeding or otherwise paying more attention to their phone than their child -leave life-limiting finger prints."
Technology is noticeably absent from another strategy shown to bolster self esteem. Parents who have told their children stories of how hard it was for their grandparents, aunts and uncles back in the old days, may have actually done their offspring some good. "The single most important thing you can dofor your family may be the simplest of all: develop a strong family narrative," Bruce Feiler wrote in The Times. A small study showed that children's knowing the story of their birth, where their parents met or a story of misfortune intheir family was a strong predictor of emotional health and happiness.
New York Times
April 7, 2013